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National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Enhanced Demand and Distribution Management Regional Demonstration


National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is demonstrating Smart Grid technologies with 27 cooperatives in 11 states across multiple utilities, geographies, climates, and applications including low density areas, low consumer income areas, and service areas prone to natural disasters. NRECA will conduct studies in advanced volt/volt-ampere reactive for total demand; generation and transmission-wide (G&T) demand response over advanced metering infrastructure (AMI); critical peak pricing over AMI; water heater and air conditioning load control over AMI; advanced water heater control and thermal storage; consumer Internet energy usage portal pilots; consumer in-home energy display pilots; time-sensitive rates pilots; multiple AMI integration at G&T co-ops; distribution co-op meter data management system applications; and self-healing feeders for improved reliability. Installations will be implemented in four successive tranches, each of four months’ duration. A study will be conducted at the conclusion of each trance to improve the study plan, alter the type of data collected if necessary, and to assess the type of equipment installed and its configuration. This information will be shared across the co-op community.

Contact Information

David Szucs
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-1940

Craig Miller
Principal Investigator
4301 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203-1867

Recipient: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (Enhanced Demand and Distribution Management Regional Demonstration)
HQ State: Virginia
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $67,864,292
Federal Share: $33,932,146
Funding Program:
Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Electricity costs reduced
  • Power quality improved
  • Greenhouse gases reduced 1.5-2 percent
  • System reliability improved 5-7 percent
  • Energy security strengthened